Crime, Fire, Courts

Condition remains serious for boy struck at Sixth and Rockledge; no citations for drivers
December 2, 2014
A 6-year-old boy who was struck while riding his bicycle near Sixth Street and Rockledge Road remains in serious condition Tuesday, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
McLouth man arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary
December 1, 2014
Lawrence police arrested a 53-year-old McLouth man on suspicion of four counts of aggravated burglary Monday.
Fire at pet services business causes $60,000 in damages
December 1, 2014
A fire that killed one dog in a pet services business on Saturday was officially deemed to have been accidental while causing $60,000 in damages, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department.
Two Lawrence men, one a pro baseball player, charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary
December 1, 2014
Two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, were charged Monday with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary in connection with a home-invasion robbery at an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas Street on Nov. 8.
Leavenworth man sentenced to 31 months in prison for south Lawrence home-invasion robbery
December 1, 2014
A 25-year-old Leavenworth man was sentenced Monday to 31 months in prison for his involvement with an August armed robbery in south Lawrence.
Union cites work violations at Topeka state prison
08:59 a.m., December 1, 2014 Updated 10:59 a.m.
State and union officials acknowledge that understaffing has led to violations of the contract covering employees at the Topeka Correctional Facility for women and other state prisons.
1 year after 4 killed in Topeka, still no arrests
December 1, 2014
Topeka police believe those responsible for four homicides in the city last year are still living in or near the city.
Autopsy reveals prescription drug overdose caused man’s death near K-10
November 30, 2014
After nearly a month of receiving help for mental illness, Nathan Dean Thurman, 37, died of a lethal dose of his prescription medication along the side of Kansas Highway 10 this summer, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday. Though prescribing potent medication to mental health sufferers is a “constant worry,” said Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, there is little that state hospitals can do to ensure proper disbursement of medication once a patient is released. “We can’t follow every discharged patient around,” de Rocha said. “There’s no way to force someone to take their medications properly. We have civil liberties in this country.”
Lawrence High School vandalized with anti-LHS graffiti
November 30, 2014
Officers worked to remove graffiti spray painted onto the outside walls of Lawrence High School on Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Sgt. Damon Thomas said.
Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail
November 29, 2014
Correctional officers overseeing a Kansas City, Mo., woman who died in a western Kansas jail last January did not commit a crime, a review by Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson has concluded.
Oxygen masks help save 21 dogs from Lawrence business fire
November 29, 2014
A donation of pet oxygen masks last month and quick work by firefighters, veterinarians and bystanders helped save the lives of 21 dogs who were in a burning building early Saturday morning. One dog, however, died, officials said, possibly from smoke inhalation.
Robbery suspects, one a minor league baseball player, extradited from California
November 28, 2014
The two Lawrence Free State High School graduates — one of them a minor league baseball player — arrested in connection to a robbery have arrived at the Douglas County Jail after being extradited from California.
Lawrence man shot by police in June posts third bond in four months
November 28, 2014
A 24-year-old Lawrence man shot in June during a confrontation with police who was earlier this month after leading police on a car chase in West Lawrence was released from the Douglas County Jail Friday after posting $130,000 in bonds.
Man arrested on suspicion of traffic offenses was husband of Cedarwood homicide victim, family said
12:19 p.m., November 28, 2014 Updated 03:12 p.m.
A 26-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested Thursday night after leaving the scene of an accident was the husband of Cedarwood Apartments homicide victim Justina Altamirano Mosso and lives in the apartment where she was found slain Nov. 9, Altamirano Mosso’s cousin said by email from Mexico.
Bicyclist, 6, struck by car still in serious condition
November 26, 2014
The condition of a 6-year-old bicyclist who was flown to a hospital Monday after he was hit by a car has not changed since improving from critical to serious Tuesday, said Jessica Salazar, a spokeswoman for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.